My career turned to long-term care as I felt it was the best use of my skills developed through the Care of the Elderly fellowship. Having grown up playing country fiddle, I quickly came to enjoy serving a generation that I associated with my musical passion, as ageist as that may be.
I was fortunate enough to gain the trust of my community and currently serve as the medical director of two local nursing homes (in Dundas and Waterdown) and devote more than half of my time to work in long-term care. I have been humbled and inspired by countless physicians at the OLTCP conferences and medical director curriculum and have jumped at the opportunity to volunteer for the organization. In my brief years as a physician, I have come to believe that the key to providing exceptional care to our patients in long-term care is to support each other and to never stop advocating for our patients.
Our current board has empowered us to make changes locally while they do so provincially and I think I’m a better doctor for it. I cannot promise to bring anything new or innovative to our organization, but I will bring a thirst to explore the medical literature and a drive to maintain our community.
Elizabeth Johnson, MD
bio to come
Ross Johnson, MD, CCFP
Dr. Ross Johnson graduated from McMaster University in 1984.
His initial practice in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, included family medicine, obstetrics and GP anesthesia.
Dr. Johnson returned to his home in Thunder Bay in 1991 to raise a family and continue a practice of family and emergency medicine.
With an increased interest and an expanding number of patients in long-term care, he is now Medical Director of two LTC facilities.
He now practices exclusively in long term care. Dr. Johnson joined the Board of Directors in 2009.
He enjoys the learning experience. He represents the interest of physicians from northwestern Ontario.
Ramesh Zacharias, MD, FRCS, DAAPM, CMD
Dr. Zacharias graduated with his Doctorate in Medicine in 1980 from the University of Western Ontario. He obtained his Fellowship in General Surgery in 1987.
His clinical practice was Emergency Medicine from 1981-2005. Since 2005 he has worked in a community based clinic with a focus on Chronic Pain Management.
Dr Zacharias has a special area of interest in Pain Management in Older Persons. He published an article in the Journal of Diagnosis in April 2010 addressing that issue.
He has been a Medical Director and attending physician in 4 LTC facilities since 2001. He is currently the Medical Director at the Village of Erin Meadows, a 180 bed LTC facility in Mississauga, Ontario. He has developed an inter-disciplinary pain program at the LTC facility involving over 10 different disciplines providing a coordinated approach to managing pain of the residents.
In May 2009 Dr Zacharias received his Diplomate from the American Academy of Pain Management and received the designation of Certified Medical Director (CMD) of Long Term Care facilities from the American Medical Directors Association in December 2009. He is currently the Director of Clinical Services of Schlegel Villages. In June 2010 he was appointed to the Faculty of Health Sciences, as an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), Department of Anesthesia McMaster University. In January 2012 he became the Medical Director of the Chronic Pain Management Unit at Hamilton Health Sciences Chedoke site. In June 2012 he was appointed as a Coroner for the Province of Ontario.